• Brant rice
    Senior pastor

    Brant Rice has been a full-time pastor at Celebration Community Church for 17 years. Brant is the primary teaching pastor during our four weekend services. His main goal in ministry is to lead people to a relationship with Jesus, grow spiritually, and to do the same for others. 

    Brant has degrees from Fort Hays State University and Rockbridge Seminary. 

    He has been married to his extremely hot wife, DeLynn, for the past 23 years.  He has been blessed with four kids, Landry, Kelby, Chloe, and Zac.  

    In his time outside ministry, he enjoys Friday dates with DeLynn, going out of town with his family, golf, reading, and watching sports.


  • Derek mayfield
    associate pastor

    Derek is the Associate Pastor at Celebration. He has had the privilege of serving at C3 for 10 years in many different roles and has had the opportunity to be involved in many different ministries. Derek studied at and received degrees from Fort Hays State University and Rockbridge Seminary.  

    Derek is married to Tessa and they have two sons, Taten & Ryken. He enjoys Cowboys football, Royals baseball, golf and a good cup of coffee.


  • nathan purdue

    worship & DISCIPLESHIP director

    Nathan is the Worship Arts Director at C3. He oversees the majority of the music at church services and events. He teaches Science and coaches Cross Country and Track at Hays Middle School. 

    Nathan married waaaaaaay up to his wonderful wife, Margaret. He loves his two cats, Miko and Mylo, his dog, Luka, and all things outdoors.

  • Delynn rice


    DeLynn Rice is the Children's and Family Director at Celebration Community Church - where she directs all of the Sunday lessons for Age 1 through 5th grades, and plans the children's and family events throughout the year. 

    Delynn is married to the love of her life, Brant. They are so blessed to have 4 children, Landry, Kelby, Chloe & Zachary. 


  • alicia hunter

    pastors assistant

    Alicia & Joshua Hunter are the parents of four sandbox digging, trampoline jumping, imaginative boys. They love going on bike rides, remodeling their house and camping. Alicia has a passion to help others find ways to use their talents to love others and to grow in a deeper relationship with God. 

    Alicia leads the C3 Leadership Academy (C3LA), the annual Mission Auction and the Vision Resource Teams.




    Kael is the Creative Arts Director at Celebration Community Church - where he oversees all things music, media, creative & service design, production and technology.  

    Kael is married to Sara and they have 3 kids - Isaac, Judah & Kadance and an awesome Goldendoodle, Yadi. He loves everything Mac, flat-bill caps, Pittsburgh Steelers football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. 

  • Patrick Turley

    youth pastor

    Patrick is the Youth Pastor of CrossCurrent - the student ministry at Celebration Community Church. He plans, directs, and oversees all youth activity for 6th-12th grades. His passion for youth ministry is rooted in seeing students discover, know, accept and live for Jesus Christ. Patrick graduated with a Certificate in Youth Ministry from Eternity Bible College.

    Patrick is married to his beautiful, amazing wife, Molly. He enjoys coffee, music, playing golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. They have one incredible dog named Sampson.

  • Garrett kahrs

    Garrett has dedicated his life to telling others about the God who loves deeply, forgives entirely, and empowers completely. He is passionate about helping people discover an intimate and ongoing relationship with Jesus and equipping them to walk in their unique gifting and ministry.

    Garrett out-punted his coverage when he married his wife, Talia. Talia is the assistant Women's Basketball coach at Fort Hays State University. They have one daughter, Malaki Marie. Garrett is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and has a Master's Degree in Applied Biblical Studies from The Moody Bible Institute.

    Garrett is the Director of Encounter Young Adults Ministry, a vibrant young adult ministry that is part of Celebration Community Church.

  • renee dreiling

    office manager

    Renee is the Office Manager at Celebration Community Church.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two amazing children; Ethan & Allison.  Ethan stays busy with football and basketball and Alli loves dance and is part of the Sytles Dance Centre competitive team. Along with her husband, Matt, they help lead the C3 Men's & Women's Ministries and love sharing the Word of God with others. 

    Their family life verse is Romans 12:2, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

  • August phlieger


    August Phlieger is the Creative Arts Assistant. He enjoys serving on the worship team, and volunteering as a youth leader for CrossCurrent.



    Children & Family assistant

    Tessa is the Children & Family Office Assistant.  She has been part of Celebration Community Church since the very beginning - even helped Pastor Kyle decide on the name of the church!  She met her husband, Derek, through C3 and has two boys who keep her up-to-date on all things sports related.  When she's not playing pretend sword-fights in the living room, she enjoys making crafts and watching shows.  




    Damian is the Operations Director at C3. He graduated from FHSU in December 2018 with a degree in Human Resources. He was an intern at C3 for six months and then became part of the staff in Jan. 2019. He enjoys serving on the worship team and CrossCurrent.

  • Melisha jones

    Melisha is the data clerk at Celebration Community Church. God has blessed her with a fun-loving husband, Lanny, and together they have two wonderful sons, Kade & Maddox. 

  • Paula staab

    cleaning staff

    Paula is responsible for the appearance and cleanliness of the Hays campus.

    Paula married her high school sweetheart, Randy, 37 years ago. They are very proud parents of two children and have six amazing grandchildren. She enjoys stained glass, wildlife photography, kayaking with Randy and spending time with family.